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Describes the life of an English couple Adrian and Rachel as they work on their olive grove and.. their life in the local community and in Italy in general.

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  • What's that rustling
    on Oct 11, 2014
    Whenever you walk out into the grove at the moment there is an almighty scurrying as these lizards dive for cover in the roots of the olives and elsewhere.
  • Olive harvest 2014
    on Oct 4, 2014
    The time of the olive harvest is fast approaching. The olives are starting to change colour from their lime green to a ducky red and will end up a deep plumy red colour when fully ripe.The traditional time to start picking here in Umbria is 'dopo i S...
  • Health benefits of olive oil
    on Sep 30, 2014
    Researches at Illinois University have found that olive oil may be beneficial in individuals with heart failure. This is on top of olive oil:-helping reduce LDL cholesterolbeing rich in antioxidentscan help decrease blood pressurehelps reduce obesity...
  • The 2014 olive harvest
    on Sep 21, 2014
    Things look ok don't they.Olives are bi-annual croppers and last year was a very good year. So when an olive tree has a lot of fruit it does not put on much new growth. It is on this new growth that the following years olives will be borne. So when y...
  • La tramonta stasera
    on Sep 12, 2014
    We are very fortunate to live in Italy -  sometimes I don't believe those words (today in the post office for instance) but tonoght with this sunset I do.
  • Putting in order
    on Sep 4, 2014
    I do like cutting the grass in the grove as it is one of those jobs where you are creating order where there was disorder which appeals to me. It is a bit like alphabetising your CD's or books -  both of which activities technology has made quas...
  • They are getting closer...
    on May 30, 2014
    Took this photo today and you can see just one flower open. This was not in our grove but below us in the valley but very very soon the olives will be in full flower. All we need is a couple of days sunshine and ………….BANG!
  • Today at Casa Margherita
    on May 14, 2014
    This was the view today from the Casa Margherita olive grove looking towards Trevi.You can share a piece of this by adopting an olive tree from us. Ideal as a Mothers day gift. Find out more at
  • Cool for cats
    on Mar 28, 2014
  • Mothering Sunday Gift
    on Mar 17, 2014
    Looking for a great gift for Mothers Day. Why not adopt an olive tree? Choose from a Young & Virile, a Full Flush or an Elder Statesman. Find out more at
  • Pruning has begun
    on Mar 13, 2014
    The hillsides of Umbria are pretty busy at the moment as pruning is in full swing.
  • Give us our daily bread
    on Mar 12, 2014
    Bread is an every day purchase in Italy from one of the numerous bakeries that flourish or from a shop or supermarket where there is a wide choice available.Umbrian bread is traditionally made without salt which results from the Umbrian's refusing to...
  • Le pecore
    on Mar 1, 2014
    In days gone by olive grove owners allowed the local shepherds/esses to graze their flocks though the groves. There were two great benefits to the grove owners of this. The sheep kept the grass down and they fertilized the trees.When we moved here, w...
  • Doing the market...
    on Feb 23, 2014
    As another month speeds by it was yet again time for the monthly farmer's market in Trevi. As normal, I was present with my wonderful olive oil but this month had decided to do a double header and also do the antique, collectable, any old rubbish mar...
  • Perugia oggi
    on Feb 12, 2014
    Trip to Perugia today. L'Artista to take in an exhibition and take seemingly random but wonderful images such as said above.I, instead was on an olive oil selling mission which went very well indeed. So a good day for everyone at Casa Margherita.On a...
  • What's going on?
    on Feb 11, 2014
    Well, don't want to say too much at the moment but a big change is coming for Casa Margherita and for the artista. Watch this space.
  • Regeneration
    on Feb 9, 2014
    This is the scene below Casa Margherita where someone is wielding a chainsaw and bringing an old abandoned olive grove back into production. Always a pleasure to see but it will be a few years before they are back into full production.
  • Valentines Day
    on Feb 8, 2014
    Looking for that great Valentines Day gift idea then why not adopt an olive tree. The tree of life for the love of your life. Go to to find out more.
  • This evenings sunset
    on Feb 7, 2014
    Fantastic colours.
  • End of the hunting season
    on Feb 4, 2014
    January marks the end of the hunting season and so for the next seven months you are safe to wander the groves and hills of Umbria knowing that these hunting hides are empty.Mostly these are much better hidden than this one here.One time Rachel almos...